In the early hours of Friday morning, in March, 1964, a 28-year-old woman named Kitty Genovese was walking towards her apartment in Queens, New York City.
She lived in the apartment with her partner, 24-year-old Mary Ann Zielonko, who she met the year prior at The Swing Rendezvous, an underground gay and lesbian bar.
Genovese made an exceptionally good living working as a bar manager, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. On that night, in 1964, she left the bar at 2:30am, and began driving home in her red Fiat. Although she likely didn’t know it at the time, a man named Winston Moseley spotted her from a parked car while she waited at a red light on Hoover Ave.
Moseley, who was married with three children, decided to follow her.
At 3:15am, Genovese arrived home and parked her car in a nearby car park. When she was only 30 metres from the entrance of her apartment complex, she spotted Moseley who was rapidly approaching her with a hunting knife. She ran as fast as she could towards the apartment door, but the 29-year-old was faster, stabbing her twice in the back.